Phil Robertson has been defended by several people since A&E announced that they were kicking him off "Duck Dynasty" following anti-gay comments he made during an interview. On Dec. 19, FOX News reported that Sarah Palin and Gov. Jindal have both spoken out about the controversy and are both in support of Robertson. Hundreds if not thousands have also taken to Twitter to express their feelings on the situation which has become a major topic of conversation.
"Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us (sic)," Palin posted on her Facebook page.
Phil Robertson came under fire after anti-gay remarks made during a GQ Magazine interview. He offered his personal opinion on the highly-charged issue and a public backlash ensued. Not surprisingly, some supported his right to Free Speech, while others say the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star's comments were offensive. While Robertson's comments were offensive, he ended up releasing a statement explaining that he didn't treat gay people any differently -- he just doesn't approve of the lifestyle -- and then A&E "suspended" him "indefinitely."
Robertson was also defended by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said Gov. Jindal.
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